yesterday's activities

Discussion in 'Dancers Anonymous' started by fascination, May 10, 2009.

  1. 3wishes

    3wishes Well-Known Member

    Drive, drive and drive. The homeward road instinct is upon both of us.
    Round Rock, through Fredricksberg (fog is horrible stuff) to Deming New Mexico. Hit up Best Western (ahhh thank you lovely bed!).
    Go to WalMart for essentials,
    We decide not to stay for free breakfast, I want to get going by 5a.m. to bypass any work related traffic.
    I love driving in the early morning before the sun comes up.
    DH and I decide, yep, there is something very pleasant about watching the stars and moon disappear and the sun come up.
    Much better weather. THANK You, whew.
    Head for home.
    Brain storm about DD mini-van after the service manager said "we've never seen metal shavings swimming in the transmission fluid,,,,ever".
    GREAT, just GREAT...there goes our personal budget out the door, there goes bringing the family to So. California this summer.
    Ain't this just a joy.
    Tapped out. Come up with more brain storming.
    How to get back on track in a hurry. ARRGGHHHHH,,,,
    It's a good thing the road is dark,,,so no one can hear my blood curling scream of frustration!!!!! Drive dear, just DRIVE...
     
  2. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    lessons...and they were; improved....teach spin...hear through the grapevine os some interesting trouble brewing....grateful to the good soul who saw fit to warn me...home late...somewhat disillusioned, but happy with the lessons
     
  3. ChaChaMama

    ChaChaMama Well-Known Member

    @3wishes--Sorry to hear about your DD's vehicle. Does your DD definitely need a mini-van? Might there be a more economical car with a better repair record in her future? Is she able to pay for part of it herself or does her economic situation not allow that?

    @fascination--Glad to hear the lessons were great! (And hope that the trouble brewing is not too serious.)

    MONDAY:
    9:10--ENG 1101. Oral presentations. Hand back the work I graded over break.
    10:20--GLC. Back together again!!!! Oral presentations--Day 1. A little sad, though, that we are down one member due to pending disciplinary charges.
    Lunch break. Grade stuff.
    12:40--20th C Brit. Emma Donoghue's Room. Hand back the work I graded over break.
    2-4--Office hours. Lengthy chat with student who is having to deal with some seriously tough stuff. Wind up making several recommendations, including that the student check out Al-Anon (the one for family members, not AA).
    Then two students want me to read drafts. In one case, I *just* read a draft of this same paper on the weekend...but I do it anyway.

    Home, get Child ready for dance.
    5:15--Child has rehearsal. I watch a little, grade a little.
    Home. Eat everything in sight.

    ***
    TUESDAY
    Decompress with secretary. I'm very stressed about something going down later in the day.
    9-10--Office hours.

    10:10-11:10--GLC-Oral Presentations Day 2. Some fantastic ones!!!! One girl is doing The Evolution of Gender Roles in Disney and, after doing her Powerpoint, ends her presentation by pulling out a ukelele and singing an original song she wrote on the subject. Another girl picks out just the best examples in her critique of gender roles in self-help manuals. She also made a connection to one of Monday's oral reports, which really made the seminar feel seminar-y. She stepped her game for this project and I just LOVE to see that. Another girl ends with a peroration pulling together stuff from pretty much the whole course.

    Lunch, grading.

    2--Met with a student of mine who has been suspended and goes before the disciplinary board at 3. Really good kid. Hard life. Bad situation. We strategize.
    3--Disciplinary hearing.
    Outcome was reasonably good, all things considered. HUGE weight off my shoulders.

    5:30--Head home. Quick dinner. (Thank goodness we still have some of the spinach lasagna Husband made over Thanksgiving break. Yum!)
    6--Get Child ready for ballet.
    7-8:15--She takes ballet. I write in diary.
    Home. Snacks. Child was having baby carrots and ranch, and I had some too. Yum! Also had some fun-sized candies.
    Child to bed.
     
  4. Purr

    Purr Well-Known Member

    Uhmmmm...how did your feline manage to pull this off?
     
  5. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    it was impressive...he was on top of it and used his hind legs like he was pushing off of the edge of the pool...and he sent it rocking just enough for it to topple over the edge
     
  6. 3wishes

    3wishes Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the suggestions CCMM...brainstormed straight into our home.
    Walked in at 3:30 p.m., knew we were back in California when lots of speedy people in their small cars were deciding to make fabulous, did I say FABULOUS? lane changes,, poor DH, I was driving,,,he was warning.
    Seriously? I'm doing, well ...let's say...the same speed he would do...he must think I cannot drive...as I see yet another near collision FABULOUS lane change on my front left side. YEP, we're back.
    Neighbor brings BOXES of mail for us. oh myyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Call DD, after she comes home from In-N-Out Round Rock Tx Grand Opening.
    We are fixing her transmission to a multi- "k" tune...otherwise there is no trade-in value.
    Instruct DD and her SO life partner..."this is what you will do with your tax returns....xyz...so on and so forth...in order to get a new car later on" because one more dime is not coming from us and is definitely not available even for our own purposes.
    DD and SO agree to track daily expenses,,,anything over 25 cents they spend day in and day out will be written down.
    We are sure, in discussions yesterday - this simple thing is going to astonish the two of them.
    WHEW, THAT done....
    DH and I unpack, plow through what seems endless mail - ok we had less mail when we were gone for 3 weeks (ahhh yes, lovely holiday season).
    DH writes notes about our business.
    Discuss Christmas with Oregon Daughter, who is shipping something...uhhhhh potential DUCK football jersey for everyone, other DD is UT-Austin, DS is USC. hmmm and hmmm.of
    Lots of phone calls start coming in...how did they know? Timing..walk in door, enough time to unpack and OFF WE GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.
    Schedule a circuit training for Wednesday evening, figuring Wednesday,,,I can unfold these bones of mine by evening and then trainer is going
    to pounce,,,,I know he is. I know himmmmmmmm uh oh!!!
    Actually looking forward to it,,,and receive pics from the "hill" that instructor clinic and trainings have started. ohhhhh I so want to be on the white stuff right now...instead...of.....this.
    Dream, dream and dream.
     
  7. 3wishes

    3wishes Well-Known Member

    Cough like mad most of day. Sound croupy.
    Make doctor appt.
    DH and I both decide that severe wind/cold/weather on the way home is to blame.
    DH goes to work out.
    I pass out on the sofa, shortly after waking up.
    DD calls, first physical official therapy session is over, they are astonished she is back to work at school and she is doing much more in that crazy knee movement machine than they anticipated.
    YOU GO, my stubborn Norwegian child!!
    DD also informs us, it's 80 degrees in Round Rock, sent kids to school in shorts, yet anticipates freeze and ice for today. Is this not crazy weather?
    I mean really.
    Eat soup and broth and toast.
    Cruise through coupons, I know I know, not exciting stuff, but hey - the get up and go took me to Kohl's and I used my gift cards, their reward points e-mail, the Kohl's cash, and their more than 50% off sale Thursday,,,and did all the Christmas Shopping without spending a dime!!! YES!!!
    LOVE a "free Christmas".
    Receive certificate for one pound of See's Candy. Oh yeah baby, that's just what I need.....woweeee.
    My get up and go, lasted about 90 minutes,,,and it got up and went!
    Want to see the movie the Book Thief. As soon as the cough stops!
    Tried to stay up to see the Live-Carrie Underwood version of Sound of Music. Didn't make it,,,DH explains he taped the whole thing on other TV.
    Sound of Music, reminds me of my mom, singing Do Rae Me...and My Favorite Things every Christmas season.
    Amen, mom, did you watch from heaven above? nighty night.
     
  8. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    wed...4 fitness classes...home to more work than I care to even describe...facilitate grief group in the evening....home and out

    thurs; one fitness class in the morning....marathon holiday shopping and cleaning to the point of exhaustion....teach spin and kickbox in the evening....collapse in a heap
     
  9. ChaChaMama

    ChaChaMama Well-Known Member

    WEDNESDAY:
    9:10 class--Last of oral reports. 2 no shows for own oral reports. Turns out they had sent me e-mails within the hour prior to their no-shows. Not feeling an overwhelming need to let them make up the work.

    10:20 class--Oral reports...and the first day back for my student who went before the honor board! So happy to see him.

    Lunch and prepare exam review materials.

    12:40--20th C BRIT LIT. Course evaluations. Exam review.

    Write up oral reports.

    Take Child to dance marathon.

    Write up more oral reports.
    Make up demonstration back at studio.

    Home.

    *********

    THURSDAY:
    9--Got my eyebrows waxed.

    Work.

    11:30--Faculty meeting.

    2-3:30--Dentist appointment. They are all "Huh. Actually...looking at this x-ray again, you might need a root canal." They are not sure if a shadow on the x-ray means anything. Really? Because this is the third in a series of what was supposed to be five appointments (regular visit, deep clean, crown--get temporary, crown--permanent, new nightguard for TMJ), and now you want me to go to the endo as well? I swear, it feels like I am never going to get "Dentist" off my to-do list. :( I know I shouldn't be crabby, and I should be glad it's just dental work on a back tooth and not cancer treatments, but I am soooo busy right now and it was a big time sacrifice to come in today for this crown, and my share of the bill even with insurance was $300+. So the thought of additional appointments one of which might be a root canal is not overly pleasing.

    Practice competition make-up session with Child.

    Back to work.

    8 miles on treadmill.
     
  10. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    fri...teach spin and y get moving...shopping...facilitate grief group in the evening....snuggle time in front of tree
    sat/today; teach toning and fusion, go to a craft fair, run other errands including computer repair, field a call regarding my favorite unncle needing a quadruple bypass this week, okay then, grocery shop, unhealthy dinner....nauseous and home on the couch feeling ill ....
     
  11. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    saturday continued; rally a bit and stay up past midnight wrapping presents...which was unfortunate because my father, forgetting it is an hour earlier her, decided to call this morn at 7:45....this is not acceptable on a weekend
     
  12. ChaChaMama

    ChaChaMama Well-Known Member

    FRIDAY:
    Horrible night sleep because woke up at 3:30 and started worrying about forgetting stuff for Child's dance comp.

    Class parties for my 3 classes.
    Grading and averaging.
    Got a form notorized that Husband needed me to do. (Secretary is notary public, so that one was easy). Picked up a book for Husband in another building in pouring, cold rain (and I did not have an umbrella because I had had my arms full on the way to work carrying stuff for the class party). Yay me.

    Packing, laundering, bought more lash glue for Child (?!?!!!), attempted not to panic at the thought might be forgetting something. Delegated "make bean salad" to Husband.
    (Tried not to feel irritated that both Husband and Child act like they cannot possibly figure out what needs to be done before a trip and will therefore only help if delegated specific tasks and told where every single item is they need to complete the task. Child did not even pack her own toothbrush. Come on!)
    Drove to Baltimore in the pouring rain.
     
  13. ChaChaMama

    ChaChaMama Well-Known Member

    SATURDAY:
    6:15--Up to help Child get ready.
    7:15--Check in for dance convention.
    8--Child's dance convention begins. Dance classes.
    9:45-10--They have a break. I check in. I also go to Walgreen's with some other Moms because lucky, lucky me...guess what I didn't think of? (Hint: female issues).
    11:30--Child's lunch break. Husband orders us a kick butt gourmet pizza from a local place.
    12:15-2--Child has more dance classes.
    2:15-3:15--MAD DASH TO GET READY! Oh my Lord...the make-up, the putting fake lashes on an 11-year-old, the putting eye gems on an 11-year-old, the Hairgami, the wanted everything to be sprayed and perfect.
    3:15-8:15--COMPETITION! Child was in just the one number with the Junior PT. Many of the Junior Company were in 5-7, and the very top Junior and Senior Company kids were in like 14-15! It went reasonably well for a first competition! The scores are Bronze, Silver, High Silver, Gold, High Gold, and Platinum, and Child's number got a Gold. Happy with her.

    Back to room. Some crabbiness about make-up removal. Husband also wants to know when we are leaving tomorrow and if we are really going to stay until the end because OMG, snow is going to happen, time to start panicking Baltimore. I say we are going to have to play it by ear.
     
  14. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    sun...zomg...spent most of sunday ordering wrapping and preparing to ship gifts, also shampooing office and de-junking areas, also making holiday newsletter and spin playlists...simply bust all day

    mon; 4 classes, post office to ship things...feed animals, eat, pack...drive, lessons...dinner...crash soon
     
  15. ChaChaMama

    ChaChaMama Well-Known Member

    SUNDAY:
    Child continues classes at dance convention. Child was very crabby , and she and I had words when I went to do her bun, so I told her I was done and she could go down with her hair just in a ponytail all by herself.
    I then took the elevator down 18 floors to go check and make sure she made it and I apologized, but said I did not appreciate her words or tone given that we gave up our weekend to come to support her.

    Weather is deteriorating. We decide to leave at lunch, as do many families, in the hopes of beating the worst of the storm. (In retrospect--HA!)
    Order photos. I can do $15/photo for the first three, $10/photo for the next three, seventh photo free...or get every single one of our company's photos and group routine videos for a package rate of $70. I was definitely getting two photos for $30 and debating another four...this made the decision easy. (My a la carte rate for 6 photos, no video would be $75!)

    Back up to room just before leaving. Child vomits, twice. Oh no.
    She says she feels better after 10 minutes of lying down, so we leave. (With a bag, just in case.)
    An unhappy thought: Child could not find her toothbrush, and I let her use mine last night. Ugh.

    THUS BEGAN ONE OF THE THREE WORST DRIVING EXPERIENCES OF MY LIFE. Conditions were incredibly dicey once we got out of the Inner Harbor. Normally, it takes us 45-60 minutes to get from downtown Baltimore to our home. At 2.5 hours in, we were only halfway home. Many, many roads were closed due to cars having spun out and the cops deciding not to let anyone else on, so we were forced onto secondary streets. Every time the car had to stop on a traffic light on a hill, I was worried we were done. After 2.5 hours, we gave up and went to a hotel I knew of at the nearest exit that wasn't closed down by the cops. (Our exit to go home was!) We managed to hit a Barnes & Noble just before it closed (they had decided to close at 4 PM due to deteriorating conditions), so Child was able to stock up on books.

    Child read, watched programs on Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, and Bonnie and Clyde on Nat Geo TV, and vomited every 3-4 hours around the clock. It was a rough night.

    ****
    MONDAY:
    Roads much better. And Child seemed to stop vomiting after 9 AM.

    Drove home. Cats had not torn up entire house in a rage, for which we were profoundly grateful. Fed them.

    Went to the grocery store to pick up Pedialyte, more cat food, etc.
    Cancelled re-scheduled class party due to having sick Child.

    Graded stuff.
     
  16. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    ick ...does sound dreadful....hope child is improved
     
  17. 3wishes

    3wishes Well-Known Member

    ohh CCMM, hope child gets over it. Seems to go around during the Holidays.
    Yesterday, cough, hack, sneeze, realize the potent prescripted cough syrup by doctor, is empty...ok, suppose to last 10 days, it lasted 3.
    Back to Dayquil. Husband is miffed that I'm still sick. He knows i'm never ill this long and pushes me to return to doctor.
    I check out "the hill" see and read snow coverage. hmmm, not quite there yet.
    Neighbor boy now adult comes over, borrows my waxing kit...mentions going up to check out new snow coverage...
    I have to laugh, they all learned from and with me, and now as adults they love going up mid-week without weekend crowds.
    Go to coaching at studio. THAT was fun. really, it was.
    Pick up GS#2. Take him to his private lesson and group class. He askes..."can I learn skiing? but I really want to do snowboarding"...
    uhhhh, ski first, then we will talk about snowboarding.
    His excitement is noticeable. Especially when I tell him that I will pull him out of school mid-week to take him to the snow.
    Watch GS#2 flirt like mad with a new little girl in group class. Does he realize he's doing this? I can't watch...a 7 year old flirt...it's too funny.
    Watch little girl follow him around studio.
    Ok, this is way too cute, and I decide he's growing up way too fast! ARRGHHH. lol.
    Home.
    Discuss some upcoming decisions with DH. One will affect dancing. One may put me on the hill full time. One - ex-work called...pondering.
    Workout for DH as I'm still coughing. SCREAM.
    Note to self: Wear face mask everytime I return from Texas....there's something in the air...EVERY TIME I RETURN HOME. lol.
    probably allergic to empty nest. giggle.
     
  18. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    tues; bank, target for christmas stuff, also einstien bagels for same...4 lessons...he has no interest in being there...but monday was good so, I will take it...lovely...drive home and teach spin

    wed; teach 4 classes, change and drive to chicago for dh's office party....much fun...was an iron chef competition...but home late and exhausted

    thurs...teach in morn...drive to south bend b/c close relative is having open heart...long stressful day...home to teach two more fitness classes and a staff meeting...pet care ....collapse...now on auto pilot

    fri= teach two classes and another meeting...off to symphony and more shopping....cleaning house b/c dtr and her bf are here...completely want to die by now...in bed by 8 for 11 hours

    sat...teach 3 classes b/c my co-workers stink mud....post office...nap... pet care...cuddling immanent....tomo will be floor cleaning, dishes, and practice....I have left out hundreds of other tasks but I don't have the time or energy...also baking tomo...oy....but life is good and I am so very,very grateful for that
     
  19. ChaChaMama

    ChaChaMama Well-Known Member

    @fascination--RE: Tuesday. Hopefully he was just having an "off" day??? I agree that it is disappointing, though.

    My week has been kind of meh.

    Tuesday--Another snow day for Child, for which I am grateful since she is still sick. My department meeting was also cancelled, although the college was open. I graded stuff.
    **
    That night, I got into a bit of a debate with a student at my college on FB who made the false claim that there was "no food" on campus. (What he meant was that only the main dining hall was open and not The Pub/Grill or the coffeeshop.) I made some fairly innocuous point about how Sodexo--our food service provider--was operating with limited staff due to the weather and that these employees are people too and their safety is important. He said he thought the needs of paying students should come first. I did not go as hardcore as I could have, but I did not let that comment pass unchallenged and he took umbrage. The next day, I heard about this debate from several students, so I got the impression like half of the freshman class got popcorn and pulled up a chair for this.

    Wednesday--Finally a NON-snow day! Finished grading for my FYS. Got together with them at the lunch hour and took some final group photos. Then took students who didn't have a 1:30 exam out to lunch at Panera. Probably the high point of my week. Child made it through the entire day without vomiting. Woot! Worked out.

    Thursday--Child persuaded us that she was feeling MUCH better and should be allowed to go to school. I suggested maybe just part of a day, but she felt I was being silly. (I'm worried because even though she wasn't vomiting anymore, she seems a little wan, she hasn't eaten much, she looked too thin, she's still coughing). But we caved because she was so persistent.
    **
    Went to a breakfast meeting...but I was late b/c I had written down the time wrong. (Whoops.) Wrote an exam. Had a department meeting. Graded a couple re-writes. Averaged and submitted grades for that class. Sent a ton of e-mails soliciting first year seminar courses for Fall 2014. Making progress.
    **
    Come home. Child did fine at school, but is EXHAUSTED. She falls asleep around 6:30. Then she wakes up around 10:30 and vomits. I am getting super worried. I insist that she will go to the doctor tomorrow. Unfortunately, I have to give a final, so we agree that if she can in before noon, Husband will take her, and if not, I will come home right after my exam (8:30-11:30 AM) and take her.

    Friday--8:30-11:30 AM--Give exam.
    Husband takes Child to doctor. Diagnosis: pneumonia in right lung. His assessment is that the vomiting is brought on by coughing. (Although...I don't know. The first few times, she seemed queasy as well.) He wants her to go to Radiology for an x-ray, so Husband takes her there.
    **
    I gather my stuff together, drive home, grade exams.
    Child and Husband come home. Child has been prescribed Augmentin...which she hates.
    Child rests. Later that evening, she does Facetime with the friends she was supposed to have a sleepover party with. Apparently they are putting make-up on each other with blindfolds on. Ah, 10-12 year old girls at a slumber party!
    I finish reading Jim Crace's Harvest while waiting for her to fall asleep. It was okay. I left the room to go get another novel...and while I was out of the room, she rushed to the bathroom and vomited up the Augmentin. Ugh. So that's not going well. Started Eleanor Catton's The Luminaries.

    Saturday--Finish grading and submit grades by 1:30 PM.
    Read some of The Luminaries and spent some time slowly getting Child to eat Augmentin and ice cream mixed together. It takes FOREVER. At least that dose stayed down.
    Child and Husband watch some TV. I read some more.
    Then I read some with Child while she took her bath.
    Evening dose of Augmentin went very badly. Child went into hysterics about having to take it...and sure enough, it came back up. Ugh. We need to look at getting her a different antibiotic. I am afraid she's going to wind up missing all the fun end of the year activities, such as her winter chorus and orchestra concert, and even Christmas at my parents. (My sister has a tiny baby. I can't take Naomi if she has pneumonia.) The doctor said she could go back to school on Monday if she doesn't have a fever and I was really hoping that would work out for her, but right now...I'm thinking no.
     
  20. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    ccm...I think so...and everyone is human...I learned stuff...so that is enough...I don't expect him to be thrilled to be there every time...


    and my very best wishes for a a speedy recovery for cha cha child
     

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